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Calaveras County Museum Complex

30 N Main Street, San Andreas, CA 95249
+1 209-754-4658
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Excellent Museum

Very well put together. Loved the county jail! Unfortunately, we missed the Red Barn. Not sure why... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Royal Oaks
Great Museum

A great museum to catch up on local history of the area. Lots of displays and artefacts. I... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2017
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Located in the center of the gold mining district of California, Calaveras County is rich in history, tradition, romance and lore. Whether you plan to spend an hour or an entire day, come to San Andreas and enjoy the Historic Downtown Museum. Open daily 10-4. The Downtown Museum is located on historic Main Street in San Andreas. Comprised of three buildings, the Museum is a reflection of the history of Calaveras County, its industry, its people, and even its notorious outlaws. The Museum is included in European travel guides as a "must see" destination and we have guests from all over the world.
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“old jail” (3 reviews)
“black bart” (5 reviews)
“law library” (3 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
30 N Main Street, San Andreas, CA 95249
+1 209-754-4658
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very well put together. Loved the county jail! Unfortunately, we missed the Red Barn. Not sure why, but if you love old jails, be sure to see this one.

Thank Retrohippie
Reviewed 29 May 2017

A great museum to catch up on local history of the area. Lots of displays and artefacts. I especially liked the old courthouse (still occasionally in use today) and the adjacent law library and judges chamber. The original jail can be visited and is still...More

Thank graemelacey
Reviewed 18 May 2017

My husband and I love to visit museums. Again, this is withing 20 minutes of Valley Springs, CA. in the town of San Andreas. Great tourist stop!

Thank lsowens
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This was a planned stop on a long drive from Placerville down to Mariposa. We hadn't even hit the "why did we do this" section of Route 49, so I'm glad was stopped at this multi-building bit of history. Easy parking, excellent Hcap access, lovely...More

Thank CatLadyChristi
Karen N, Manager at Calaveras County Museum Complex, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2016

Thank you for your review. We are proud of our county heritage and love the opportunity to share it with our visitors!

Reviewed 6 May 2016

The court house, history of the Masons and how they influenced the settling of the west. Doctors medical bags, Lydia Pinkham's little magic pills for ladies and their ailments. Dolls,the chinese and how they fit into the mining. Everytime I visit this museum I see...More

3  Thank pamelamR4732JY
Reviewed 21 April 2016

The museum was very nice. They have a number of exhibits in the main buildings and outside you go into the old jail yard and jail where Black Bart was once incarcerated. Parts of the old jailhouse yard wall are still there built in 1885....More

Thank fungramma51
Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

Definitely worth going to San Andreas to visit this splendid museum. Many interesting displays and lots of interesting writeups. We spent two hours there and afterwards discovered that my husband had become so involved looking through the picture file that he missed half of the...More

Thank 13Boopsie
Reviewed 6 October 2015 via mobile

Included exhibits on native Americans, geology, mining, home life, professional life, etc. The jail was used until 1964! Self guided. We spent a couple of hours. Highly recommend this museum.

Thank Carol C
Reviewed 8 July 2015

The genealogy society that I belong to took a field trip to this museum and enjoyed it. There is a lot to see. I found it quite dusty in the main room and not too organized, but the vignettes were enjoyable, and the courthouse and...More

1  Thank Susan C
Reviewed 27 June 2015

This museum really surprised us. The exhibits were multiple, the buildings, including the jail and courthouse were the real thing and the exhibits so very well done. Good bathrooms even. if you are exploring the area dont miss this one! Eleven year old loved the...More

Thank retiredgourmet
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